Contributed by: Michael Christiansen
The play off for 15th and 16th between the Peres Peace Team and India sides kicked off proceedings on the McAlister Oval at Royal Park in Melbourne. Perfect conditions for footy, not a breath of wind and patchy cloud holding the sun at bay.
The Peace Team controlled play for most of the first quarter and with goals to Belik (#3), Benvenisty (#2) and big Kamal Abu Althom (#1), the Peace team had surged to a 19 point early lead. A couple of late chances to India went begging and at quarter time the Indian side trailed by 17.
The 2nd term saw the tempo pick up even more, with the Peace Team attacking early but unable to convert their chances. India was generally unable to penetrate the defensive wall of the Peace side, but, finally broke through, surged forward but the snap from the busy Jay Himat (#7) went wide. Peace rebounded well and the ball ended up in the hands of Za’arir (#12) who marked and played on slotting the goal. Soon after Benvensity marked again for his second goal, but a late goal to India after Ahktar (#8) handballed to Himat.
The third term saw play getting very willing at times, a couple of players feeling a little worse for wear. Prakash Kailasanathan (#18) stood firm for Inida with a fine pack mark and played on, but the kick went astray by which stage both sides had added 2 behinds to their half time scores. The only goal for the quarter coming after Goldberg (#7) marked and played on quickly by hand to Nimrod Vromen (#10) who goaled on the run. Further behinds followed to the Peace team and they went into the last break with a match winning 35 point advantage.
The last quarter saw a goal apiece, both sides peppering the goals For the Peace team the highly popular assistant coach Danny Brill drilled their seventh, whilst the 2nd goal for India came from the ever threatening Vishnu Rishie (#17).
When the siren signalled the end of the tournament for both teams, the celebrations by the Peace team took centre stage with Dipper and Tanya Oziel amongst others being ‘crowd surfed’ by the chanting players.
Peace Team 7.15 (57) def India 2.8 (20)
Peace – A. Benvenisty 2, N. Vromen , D. Mordechai Brill , K. Abualthom , M. Zaarir , D. Belik
India – V. Rishi , J. Himat
Peace – O. Unger, A. Benvenisty, D. Diam Tamimi, L. David Ganon, K. Kol, D. Mordechai Brill
India – V. Rishi, J. Himat, J. Akhtar, P. Kailasanathan, D. Ross, J. Michael D''Mooore
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